Tuesday, September 21, 2021
For the seventh year in a row, Florida International University has attained the highest bar pass rate for first-time takers on the Florida July bar exam. Miami Herald, Want to Attend Law School in Florida? These Have the Highest Bar Passage Rates
"The Florida Board of Bar Examiners released the results Monday for the most recent Bar exam administered in late July among Florida’s law schools. The results show the law schools of Miami-based Florida International University and Coral Gables-based University of Miami outperformed all other Florida law schools in their percentage of people who passed the Bar exam."
"FIU, the largest public university in South Florida, led the rankings of Florida’s 11 law schools with a whopping 88.8% passing rate. Out of the 116 FIU graduates who took the exam this summer, 103 passed it." "The statewide passing rate was 71.6 percent."
“I’m just so very proud and impressed by our Bar takers,” said FIU law dean Anthony Page. “They have shown an enormous amount of resilience and persistence and legal skill given all of the travails of the last year.” Page credited FIU’s success to its Academic Excellence Program, which offers students optional courses about cognitive learning science. “The key is it’s not about memorization or Bar preparation; it’s about teaching students how to teach themselves or how to more effectively learn,” he said. “We’re teaching people how to be better learners, which frankly, will make them better lawyers.”
Update: FIU is a majority minority school with a 2020 makeup of 330 minority students out of a total of 509. As I said in 2013 (How to Help Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds Succeed in Law School), minorities can pass the bar if a school uses the proper teaching techniques based on cognitive science.